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Nelson Mandela Day – July 25 (new date)

RAINDATE PLANS

Due to the weather expected the weekend of July 17-18, plans have been pushed forward one week.

Sunday, July 25 – 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The United Christian Church of Levittown invites Princeton friends to join for Mandela Day on Sunday, July 25. Participate in the international unity walk and/or financially support access to quality education in South African preschools.


What is Mandela Day?

Honoring the legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandela, his July 18th birthday is an annual occasion to focus on the ability and responsibility we all have to change the world for the better!

International Walk in Unity

Join us for a 1 mile meditation walk to inspire and empower ourselves. Simultaneous walks in other countries will remind us of our connection as global citizens. Walking facilitates bonding and unity across boundaries.

Event Details

  • Sunday, July 18th 25th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Silver Lake Nature Center Amphitheater, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol PA
  • All are invited to worship at 10:30 with United Christian Church, Levittown in the Nature Center Amphitheater and/or bring a lunch and lawn chair to picnic before the walk.

Meditation Topics

Stops along the walk will bring awareness to global social issues.

  1. Embracing Diversity
  2. Climate Change
  3. Pandemic Impact
  4. Early Childhood Education

Walk donations are welcome and help to support Adopt A South African Preschool (ASAP). To learn more visit https://www.adoptasouthafricanpreschool.org/

South Africa has three priorities: “Education, Education, Education.”
-Nelson Mandela

Our mission is to fund the training and resources for preschool education, enabling South African children below the poverty line to succeed in school and in life.

How You Can Help

Individuals, companies, organizations, and churches can donate:

$10 funds one educational toy
$75 funds one Play and Learn (PAL) kit of seven educational toys and resources
$750 funds ten different PAL kits for four months of curriculum. Toy Libraries need multiple sets.

$7,500 provides seed funding for a new Preschool hub to include a robust Toy Library and training center. ASAP helps caregivers who currently offer daycare in overcrowded apartments access mentoring and resources. Many will get certified in Early Childhood Education as they borrow educational toys, follow a curriculum, and learn to track the critical developmental milestones of preschoolers. Through ASAP, countless children who have never held a toy before can now learn through play.

Ways to Donate
Support Adopt A South African Preschool

Use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code below:

Or visit: https://givebutter.com/adoptasouthafricanpreschool


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Worship for July and August 2021

We are worshiping in-person and online!

On the recommendation of the Forward in Faith Together working group, the Session has approved increasing our attendance numbers in the sanctuary for the months of July and August while continuing to distance in seating and wearing masks. Opening the balcony and the individual chairs on either side of the chancel will allow us to have approximately 130 in worship plus worship leaders, choir, and ushers.
We are very grateful for all who attended worship in June and joined in our covenant (see below) to keep one another safe and healthy. Our “soft opening” has helped us prepare as we now increase attendance. We will also no longer ask for people to sign up for worship in advance. In July and August, as each household makes their own decisions on how to participate in worship, we believe in-person numbers will be consistent with protocols. We will have livestream participation available in the Assembly Room for potential overflow and/or for families with young children who would like a bit of space.
We will snap a picture of the congregation in case the need of contact tracing arises.

In-Person Worship Covenant

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself”
Luke 10:27
“The people of Nassau Presbyterian Church celebrate and demonstrate God’s love through worship and service
in Princeton and through our lives and work in the world”
Nassau Church Mission Statement
Central to our yearning to demonstrate God’s love and to love our neighbors is a concern for one another’s health and the commitment to keep one another safe. As we move forward in faith together and begin returning to the sanctuary for worship, we shall by God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, covenant with one another when we gather.
We will honor our collective goal glorifying Jesus Christ, loving each other and taking all steps we can to keep each other safe. To do that, we will
  • Refrain from attending worship in person if experiencing a cough, fever, or other COVID symptoms, or if we have had contact with a person with a COVID diagnosis or COVID symptoms
  • Listen to each member’s concerns and needs for safety and health and work for the full inclusion of all attending.
  • When we gather for worship in person, we will:
  • Wear masks and maintain physical distancing
  • Refrain from any physical contact, support those who request further distance, and help remind those who struggle to keep distance
  • Enjoy conversation and fellowship outside rather than linger in the sanctuary
With our participation in worship in person, we will support the theological conviction that our worship life represents the breadth of our faith community. To do that, we will
  • Welcome families with children who are not able to get a vaccine
  • Welcome others yet unvaccinated
  • Welcome any members who may not have access to online registration
  • Honor our community commitment to protocols in a way that allows ushers and staff to offer hospitality and direction rather than serve as rule or vaccination enforcers.
As we worship together in person we shall seek to be creative and safe regarding all liturgical elements of worship. To do that, we will
  • Allow family groups to be closer than physically distant
  • Limit communal singing except when invited by worship leaders
  • Resist the urge to pass the peace or greet one another even with a fist or elbow bump
  • Continue to have some elements of worship pre-recorded to allow broad participation of leadership
  • Commit to all in-person worship leaders, musicians, and choir members being vaccinated.
  • Understand and support adaptations to liturgical practice that best enable our hybrid worship of in-person and livestream.
As in all aspects of our life together, we seek to glorify God and honor Jesus Christ in all that we and do. Thanks be to God.
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School Supplies 2021

Trenton students head back to school – help us provide the supplies they need for success.

Every September the new school year brings excitement and lots of new goodies. This year students will be returning from virtual or hybrid learning during the pandemic to the more familiar routines of the schoolhouse. In any event, the supplies add up. In 2019 the average family spent over $200 per student, just too much for many families in our area.

We are joining with Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC), our partner church in Trenton, to provide 250 backpacks filled with essentials for local kids.  WPC will distribute the school supplies in partnership with Trenton Music Makers, the Apostalic Church, LALDEF, and Sprout University of the Arts.

Monetary donations can be made by check or online. Make checks out to Nassau Presbyterian Church, noting “School Supplies” in the memo line and drop in the collection plate or mail to the church office. Use the button below to donate online, choose “School Supplies” from the drop-down Funds box.

Give Now (link)


Every gift helps better prepare children for the year ahead with needed school supplies and with the knowledge that the wider community is cheering them on. Thank you!


Donations will be accepted through Sunday, August 15.

Please bring new backpacks to worship on Sunday mornings and place them in the marked basket in the narthex.

To fill the backpacks, we have found that monetary donations go the farthest so that Nassau can purchase grade-specific school supply packs in bulk. Thank you for giving as you are able to help make sure students in Trenton are better prepared for the academic year ahead.


Sample school supply bundles:

  • Elementary Pack, $24
    (includes 4 wide rule spirals, 2 paper folders, 1 pink eraser, 1 scissor, 1 ruler, 2 glue sticks, 1 liquid glue, 1 pack of Crayola markers, 1 pack of Crayola crayons, 1 pencil box, 8 #2 pencils)
  • Middle School Pack, $32
    (includes 20 #2 pencils, 1 large glue sticks, 10 washable markers, 12 colored pencils, pencil sharpener, 24 crayons,  3 pens, 2 large pink erasers, 1 70-sheet spiral wide ruled notebook, 1 wide ruled composition notebook, 4 2-pocket folders, scissors, ruler, 2 dry erase markers, 1 yellow highlighter)
  • High School Pack, $45
    (includes 2 3-ring binders, filler paper, 6 pocket folders, 4 1-subject notebooks, 2 composition books, 12 blue pens, 12 black pens, 3 mechanical pencils with erasers, 12 colored pencils, index cards, 3-ring pencil pouch, pencil sharpener)

Once we fill 250 backpacks, additional funds will purchase art supplies for Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School for the Arts.


 

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Loaves & Fishes: Aug. 20 & 21, 2021

…until all are fed

The summer is heating up, and plans for the annual Loaves and Fishes is underway! That means we need bag lunches and cookies to feed approximately 400 guests at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Trenton on Saturday, August 21.

We are again requesting your help in the largest annual mission event of Nassau Presbyterian Church.  More people participate in Loaves and Fishes than any other mission project at NPC.

While we do not need the large group of volunteers to serve the meal in Trenton, we do need lots of volunteers to prepare some things in advance and drop them off at Nassau Church on Friday, August 20, 5:30-7:30PM

 We need 400 packed bag lunches that our guests will take away when they leave.  For the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches please put peanut butter on both pieces of bread – it helps the sandwich last longer since it may be a couple of days between preparing the sandwich and consumption.

Download a PDF of the instructions or watch Scott Harmon’s video:

We also need 100 dozen cookies (in bags of three cookies) that will be distributed as the dessert to the hot meal being served. (As of July 15 all cookie spots have been selected. Thank you!!)

With many hands, we are confident that once again, Nassau Presbyterian Church will show the love of God to our neighbors in need.

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

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Summer Reading 2021

The Nassau Witherspoon Partnership Team invites members of our congregations to pick one of the following two books to read over the summer. Then, join for a conversation with members from both churches in the fall.

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Frederick Douglass “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Community Reading 

The Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team is helping host an abridged reading of Douglass’ famous speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Join via zoom on Monday, July 5, 5:30PM to listen to members of the community and join in conversation afterwards facilitated by Not In Our Town.

For more information and to register:

REGISTER (link)

Wikipedia link

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Next Week at Witherspoon (June 27 – July 3)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Summer Activities & Events:


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

June 28 – July 2 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, June 30, at 12:30 p.m.

 

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, July 3, at 10:00 a.m.

Informed by our Matthew 25 mission, we are studying the book of Matthew.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Next Week at Witherspoon (June 20 – 26)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Summer Activities & Events:


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

June 21-25 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m.

 

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, June 26, at 10:00 a.m.

Informed by our Matthew 25 mission, we are studying the book of Matthew.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Next Week at Witherspoon (June 13 – 19)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Summer Activities & Events:


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

June 14-18 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, June 16, at 12:30 p.m.

 

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, June 19, at 10:00 a.m.

Informed by our Matthew 25 mission, we are studying the book of Matthew.

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Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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Next Week at Witherspoon (June 6 – 12)

Nassau is invited to join our siblings at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church (WSPC) for worship and study. Find information below for upcoming events, and contact Phyllis Rich for zoom links.



In our charge to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” Nassau is grateful to partner with our siblings at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Ongoing Bending the Moral Arc small groups engage in courageous conversations on race and justice facilitated by members of the Nassau & Witherspoon Partnership Team working in partnership. Those leaders pull from a running resource list to ground discussion, and we wanted to share those resources with you here.

Courageous Conversations (Google Doc link)


Streaming Worship Service

Sunday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m.

This service can be viewed online.

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Morning Prayers

June 7-11 at 7:00 a.m.

Each morning (Monday through Friday) WSPC will come together for daily morning prayers.

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Mid-Week Prayer / Devotional Bible Study

Wednesday, June 9, at 12:30 p.m.

 

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Adult Bible Study

Saturday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m.

Informed by our Matthew 25 mission, we are studying the book of Matthew.

return to top


Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
112 Witherspoon Church
Princeton, NJ 08542

www.witherspoonchurch.org
(609) 924-1666 – church office

General Email

 

 

 

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